Tip Your Hats Gentlemen and Start Your Engines

Tip Your Hats Gentlemen and Start Your Engines

Peep here and set your eyeballs on a pretty darn good rendering designer, Mikael Lugnegard. This man who works as Lugnegard Design calls himself an artist, and with pictures so nice I’d frame em up at my abode, I’d call him one too. Today we’re presenting nothing less than the “Gentleman’s Racer” – an exercise in rendering that utilizes a triad of software tools that I’d bet an industrial designer like you would recognize.

0 Designer: Mikael Lugnegard of Lugnegard Design

Swarovski Sparkling Lake of Shimmer

Swarovski Sparkling Lake of Shimmer

So you’re at Baselworld 2009, just walking around, taking note of all the lovely items. Now, just imagine you’re weightless, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny little seahorses. Are you there? No. You are at the Swarovski stand, and you are experiencing the “Lake of Shimmer:” hundreds of free-swinging mirrors remotely controlled to remind the viewer of of the brilliant beauty of the crystal. Sooo very glamourous.

0 Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka

5 Favorite Spices, Mago5 Spice Rack Review

5 Favorite Spices, Mago5 Spice Rack Review

I’m a vegetarian and sometimes it’s challenging to whip up something quick and tasty. No time to slave over the stove waiting for the flavors of garlic, celery, onion, and carrots to meld. That means all my flavors need to come from spices and there are 5 I use most often when I make my favorite type of food; soups. Enter the Mago5 magnetic spice rack.

0 Designer: OHM for Modenn [ Buy it here ]

The Angels At Firewall

The Angels At Firewall

Forest fires are essential for the ecology but when uncontained can cause a lot of damage. The four major causes lightning, volcanic eruption, sparks from rockfalls, and spontaneous combustion are further supported with human activities like accidents and arson. One of the ways to contain wildfires is starting controlled burn operations that minimize the risk of major wildfire events. The Thirst.D Helicopter is proposed to be a part of the first privatized wildfire fighting force.

0 Designer: Sameer-Andrew Rayyan

Podcast Episode 2

Podcast Episode 2

Apologies for the long delay in getting episode 2 up but it’s finally here. I caught up with Philippe Nigro at the start of ICFF last month and chatted about his latest furniture collection called Confluences manufactured by Ligne Roset. At first glance it may look like a random exercise in seating design but Philippe’s intention was seating for real people and real people come in all different shapes, sizes, and sit different ways. The question then became how do you design for the many and make it all flow together – confluences.

0 Episode 2: Philippe Nigro Interview

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 4

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 4

Part 4 of this fantastic exhibition. Panasonic Design Company, Ross Lovegrove, Shigeru Ban, and Yasuhiro Suzuki

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

0 Exhibition: Tokyo Fiber

Block House in Stocksund Sweden

Block House in Stocksund Sweden

There’s only so many ways you can make a box exciting and this is one awesome example. Designed by Architects Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter, the house located in Stocksund, Stockholm Sweden is nothing more than a rectangular block. The cool bits are the blocked out segments strategically placed to bring in light and connect the living areas. I love the facade too – like oversized shingles except they’re mad thin; 18 mm. Don’t get me started on the interior which is Scandinavian restraint at its finest.

0 Designers: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

Touch Sensitive Bath Time

Touch Sensitive Bath Time

Oh my goodness dirty title! But really, this bathroom (including the bath) is quite touchy. Step in the shower and your temperature water will fall on your head, and not everywhere, just the place where your body occupies. Additional controls are lit up in wall tiles. Also included is an inverse (or rather, convex sink) which also recycles water for later use in the toilet.

0 Designer: Various (see full list below)

Media Quick Fix

Media Quick Fix

Downloading videos from the net and watching them on small computer screens is a pain. The R 2 2 Media Player Media Player gives you the convenience of downloading content in any of the available formats to it and playing back on your LCD/Plasma big screen TV. Its high-speed Wi-Fi compatibility transfers the files in a jiffy plus the accompanying programmable touch screen remote compliments the device perfect-o. More on the remote after the jump.

0 Designer: Gordon Yeh & Jason Su for Iota Creations

Ten Creative Re-Invention Of The Light Bulb

Ten Creative Re-Invention Of The Light Bulb

History suggests that over twenty inventors worked toward the creation and design of the light bulb. Of these, Thomas Edison’s version was the most efficient. We are not here to dispute any claims but to appreciate the various forms and representations it has taken. Coming to the present times (and a bit into the future), let’s look at ten creative re-inventions of this light source.

0 Designers: Various

How to be the Best Designer in the World?

How to be the Best Designer in the World?

Have you ever wondered how you could be the best designer in the world? How to be that money making Design Virtuoso? I know I have. What about you?

I sort of knew what it took, but I never really knew what it took, until today. According to Chris Guillebeau, the man behind The Art of Nonconformity, if you want to a virtuoso, or just be really good with anything (music, sport, design etc.), you will need to invest approximately 14,600 hours of practice or training to get there.

Futuristic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Futuristic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Designer Adam vows that he never looked to any specific design while conceptualizing the City Vehicle, but I think if we were to re-do the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car for the future urbanites then this would be it. Hosting all eco factors like solar technology on the surface of the roof, regenerative braking, electric motor and capabilities of harnessing wind power as well, this concept car is meant only for city commute. To keep the vehicle light and easy all high-tech gadgetry has been ditched and only the bare essentials incorporated.

0 Designer: Adam Palethorpe

Plate, Spoon And Glass, All In One Hand

Plate, Spoon And Glass, All In One Hand

Dinner parties and official gatherings are a time to mingle and do some serious networking. In such situations many of us (greedy/hungry) people have to give the yummy hors d’oeuvres and appetizers a miss, so that we don’t come across as awkward and messy. You know the scene: glass of wine in one hand and a plate full of goodies in the other! Mantara is the ideal solution for such social situations. It looks stylish and has a groove to hold your wine glass, a niche to secure the spoon/fork and the dish holds the appropriate proportion of food.

0 Designer: Gabriel Contino